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Eddy Ferguson, Fargo, Published April 14 2012

Consider the reasons Measure 2 is on North Dakota's June ballot

Perhaps it would be well to consider why Measure 2 appears on the ballot. Possibly there are two reasons.

Since this was a direct violation of the law, this practice rises to the level of criminal fraud and is very widespread in North Dakota. Since indictments have not been forthcoming, the only other way to prevent government from defrauding the people is to repeal the property tax. The politicians have realized the disquiet over property tax and hence the limited property tax refunds of the past two years.

I believe these two reasons are the basis for Measure 2. How do we refund local government? First, lower all budgets by 20 percent. Most in government will not relish this idea. There is enough money in the rainy-day fund. Let’s use the oil revenue to fund local governments. That may not be enough, but it’s close.

Next, call a special session of the Legislature and enact an additional 1 percent sales tax, which is not a regressive tax like property tax. Everyone pays sales tax. Let’s make it fair for everyone.

The passage of Measure 2 would make the ownership of private property a fact. No person could lose their property through nonpayment of taxes.

Let’s let the people of North Dakota breathe some fresh air and let in more business. Vote “yes” for Measure 2.